According to a report from the New York Times late on Monday, the United States is weighing a potential ban on some or all products made with cotton from China’s Xinjiang region which Beijing is housing minority Muslims in modern concentration camps.
The potential ban over alleged gross human rights violations, could be announced as early as later today, said the report.
The scope of the ban is, as yet, unclear, according to the report; it is to be ascertained whether it will include products containing cotton from Xinjiang that are shipped from other countries. The order will impact major clothing brands since they source cotton and/or other textiles from Xinjiang.
The measure, called a withhold release order, would be issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Neither the White House nor the Department of Homeland Security immediately responded to requests for comments.
In March 2020, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers had proposed a legislation aimed at preventing goods made from forced labor in Xinjiang region from reaching the United States.